Why should you share your decision

If you registered to donate your organs, we will ask your next of kin to support your decision to be a donor. If you register without telling your next of kin, it may come as a surprise to them. Letting them know what you've decided now makes it much easier for them.

Knowing donation is what you wanted could make their decision a lot easier to live with when they are trying to deal with their loss.

So, if you want to make a real difference by being an organ donor after your death, then you should:

You should not let your family decide whether or not to donate your organs and/or tissues. So let them know your decision.

Age

… …is not always a barrier. Many people are becoming donors in their 80s!

Medical care

Health professionals have a duty to try to save life first. But if you die, they can carry out your wish to be a donor.

Illness

Illness or long-term condition doesn't prevent you from registering as a donor.

Blood donation

Even if you can’t give blood, you can still be an organ and/or tissue donor.

Religion

UK religions support organ donation and transplant. But, in each religion there are different views.

They all accept that organ donation is a personal choice.

If you have any doubts, talk to your religious adviser.

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